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I really should post to this thing when stuff doesn't suck. Which is why I'm writing right now!

Things going on with me that are positive:

  • Getting to produce screen-capture web videos at work. Yay for creativity as part of my job! (I'm doing the screen capture and editing. It's for our help section on various features of our product)
  • I'm QUILTING. I decided to pull out the sewing machine and my bins of "not quilting cottons" over the holiday weekend and am making a crazy quilt out of random fabrics including old clothes. It's really satisfying, and I'm 5 blocks into what will be a 30 block quilt FOR MYSELF, which is something I've never made before.
  • Arisia. I'm finding the Hotel Liaison job quite satisfying, if intense at times. I am not happy if I'm not stressing just a little bit about something, and running cons are great for that.
  • Arisia. My replacement Innkeeper is doing a great job, and is dealing with a lot of specialness so I don't have to. I'm glad to not have to handle all the front-line customer service. Plus I like torturing him a little ;)

I hope to post pictures of some of the crazy quilt blocks when I'm a little further on. Working on making things makes me really really happy, and making myself a quilt is the best birthday present I could give myself :) (I turn 30 Real.Soon.Now)
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My sister is now married! Yay! I'll hopefully have the spoons at some point to write about her wedding. It was a good weekend, filled with lots of things. I managed not to bite anyone's head off, which is also good ;)

I have about 5 gazillion little things I need to do for Pi-Con in the next couple of days. One of which is fly back to Massachusetts. I kinda don't want to go, because maybe if I don't go back I won't have to do all these things? Haha... right.

There are so many things going on right now. Just when one relaxes, another 2 pop up. Maybe things will let up once I get through Pi-Con... *nocks on wood*


Odd thing at work...

I just sent the following e-mail to the Lexington Police General E-mail Address...

To whom it may concern,

My name is Kris Snyder and I work over at [redacted] on the second floor of [redacted] Mass Ave, just across the street from Town Hall.

A young woman entered our office between 2:00pm and 2:30pm Today claiming to be from Verizon trying to to sell us Verizon FiOS Business Services. She did not give us her name upon entering the office, and generally acted in an unprofessional manner. When she wanted to look up on her computer when FiOS would be available for our building, I politely asked her to leave, and she said it would "just take a minute." 5 minutes later she was still sitting there. Eventually she left us with a brochure and took one of my business cards. The name and number she wrote on the bottom of the Brochure was "Erica [redacted]" with the phone number [redacted]. When I called Verizon to complain about her demeanor, they could not find a record of her working for them (but disclaimed she could be an authorized reseller or outside contractor, and the person(s) I talked to didn't have access to that system). They also mentioned that FiOS was NOT available for our building/area, but could not tell if it was in the pipeline or not.

This entire situation feels "not right" to me, and it has occurred to me that she could have been "casing" our building, or otherwise engaged in something other than what she claimed. I'm not sure if I should be making some sort of official report, but can do so if you think that would be a correct course of action, but I definitely wanted to make some sort of effort to reach out to the authorities about this incident.

Please let me know if you would like to conduct some sort of follow up. I can be reached at this e-mail address, or at my office phone, [redacted], or on my cellphone at [redacted]. I work here Tu-Thur 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Thank you for your time.

-Kris Snyder
Administrative Coordinator

the [redacted]s are mostly to keep this post from coming up if anyone Googles my company's information, and to protect the possibly guilty.
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So I've been married for a week and a half now. I'll make an epic wedding post sometime when I have pictures to post, maybe. Maybe I just hope I'll make an epic post, and really, it's unlikely I ever will. So I'm gonna make an informal off-the-cuff post now.

The best thing about being married? Well, there are 3 at the moment.

  1. No longer planning the wedding. Seriously awesome.
  2. Being able to refer to to Gumby as my Husband outside of my own head (been doing that for months already in my head)
  3. Greater acceptance of our relationship by my family.

The last one is kinda big, and annoying in a political/philosophical way... why does being legally married make a difference in how we're treated? However, it's nice to have that acceptance, and to know that next time we go to visit my grandparents that Gumby doesn't have to sleep on the god-awful couch in the basement. I'm also REALLY happy that we got married in and live in a state where we're able to do that regardless of how our genders match up.

Other than that it's kinda the same, but more so. I'm incredibly happy.

The wedding was awesome. Really and truly amazing. We throw a good party, I had amazing vendors the place looked beautiful, and it was the exact right size. I got to spend time with everyone, and while it would have been nice to have some other specific people there, having more than 65 people would have made it a little too crazy, and would have changed the feel, and it wouldn't have been quite so amazing. Yea... I'll have to do a full writeup later. But not now.

Then this past weekend we went to Pittsburgh for a second reception to include my large extended family. It went good, and I was really glad that Abby, Dan, and Alan came with us. They were supportive in exactly the right way, and my family seemed to like them. I'm really really glad they got to meet my Grandparents (though Alan already had) and see the place that feels most like "home" to me -- It's where we spend the holidays and I've spent more time there in the past 10 years than Northern Virginia.

The actual second reception was at the country club my parents had their wedding reception at, and we had like 110 people -- all family or friends of the family. It was a nice event, but was definitely more of a thing for the family than something that was us. This is why we did 2 events, and I think it worked out much better this way -- we could do one "the way we wanted" and one "the way it should be". It was great to see a lot of relatives that I don't see very often, and introduce them to my new husband (*squee*) and was a very nice evening.

The only thing I'd do different if I had to do it over is to take a weekend in-between the two events. I've spent the past 2 days recuperating when I really should be getting things done. However, I'm happy, crazy madly in love with my husband (*squee again*) and back to working on other projects. Life is good :)
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Life has been intense the past few weeks. It's been full of both good things and really stressful things, but nothing BAD. I went to Worldcon in Reno, had Pi-Con despite the hurricane, opened online reg for Arisia (which was more of a process than one would think) and have been, you know, planning a wedding. And trying to remember to still spend quality time with my soon-to-be-husband. After the wedding I need a real paying job, both to keep me from getting post-wedding-planning depression and so we can continue to, you know, pay the rent. It would be even better for Gumby to get a job, 'cause he's feeling somewhat defeated by the job-hunting process.

Wedding in 16 days! I'm excited to get Married (!!!!) and feeling a little crazy about the wedding, but I know everything will come together. Had dress fitting today, and ZOMG I love my wedding dress so much. I'm not use to liking dresses... but total <3. The dress for the second/pittsburgh reception I'm lukewarm about at this point, but it will be fine, and it's not like I have the spoons left to think about doing anything else. I have a whole bunch of stuff I need to do in the next 14 days, like write a wedding ceremony & make a list of the stuff I need to do in the next 14 days. I'm excited, but really, I'll be happy when the whole thing is over (and that at the end of it, I'll be MARRIED!!!)


Fetish Nights in Boston?

I have a friend who asked me if there are any fetish (club) nights in Boston. I haven't been to one since Manray Closed (which was many years ago now) and their website is WAYYYY out of date for other things going on. Anyone have any idea or is the local scene completely dead?

I am so so so excited about these!

I just made a post in the Offbeat Bride Tribe and decided some of you would be interested as well. I've basically just cut-and-pasted the entry below, even though many of my LJ readers don't need the exposition. *does a little happy dance*


Title: Meeple Porn!

For those of you wondering WTF a meeple is, it's the generic term used by the brand of geeks who play European or German style board games to refer to the personal playing pieces that represent people. The classic image of a meeple is the little wooden playing pieces used in the popular game Carcassonne. I'm a huge board game geek, and we are having gaming instead of dancing at our reception, in addition to using elements from board and card games in our designs. A friend of ours found a guy through the Board Game Geek forums who makes foot-high wooden meeple statues using a chainsaw, and our centerpiece idea was born!

So I got a "sneak peek" of our central centerpiece elements. They have been finished by the awesome chainsaw sculptor who made them, and he sent us the progress pictures. He has never had a request for more than 2 at a time before (I ordered 13. I don't think we'll have more than 10 tables, but the guest list keeps on ballooning and extras can go on the bar or gift table or whatever) and gave us a 10% discount on the order. We will be receiving them Mid-July!

Each giant meeple will be painted a different color, and our table assignments will be designated by color. There will also be flowers on the table (I'm meeting with the florist next week) and normal-sized meeples (which are 16mm high) and animeeples (wooden animal-shaped board game pieces of sheep, pigs, and cows) will serve as table-scatter.

After fights with mom this week, and a list of things wedding related that I'm dreading doing (making phone calls/writing long e-mails where I'm asking lots of questions) this e-mail has made me totally excited for my wedding again. Meeples!

My friends don't suck. <3

So in this whole wedding planning process I've managed to mostly stay off of wedding websites and forums, with the exception of Offbeat Bride. I'm a member of the "Offbeat Bride Tribe" (their social networking/forums) and it's sometimes awesome and inspirational, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, and occasionally cringe worthy or a bit WTF, including Bridesmaids Drama.

I understand family drama. I understand drama related to invited guests. I understand drama related to uninvited guests, and the +1 dilemma, especially for those on a tight budget or in a small venue. I even understand drama surrounding PICKING your bridesmaids (not that I experienced this one at all). The amount of drama some of these ladies are experiencing from their bridesmaids, especially the ones that are "their best friends for 10 years" is just... redonculous. I'm completely baffled as to why anyone would pick such persons to play such an important role on such and important day.

This is, by no means, all the ladies in the OBT, and from what I can tell it's more prevalent amongst the younger brides (shocking, I know). I just don't understand how, if you've been friends with someone for 10 years, or 8, or since you were 2, how you had "NO IDEA that she would pull this shit" which mostly consists of being Ms. Flaky McFlaky-Pants. People don't just randomly start flaking out on their friends, it's usually a pattern of behavior, or there is an incident that triggers the behavior.

I'll admit: I use to have friends like this. We all have. Some of us still do. I made a painful, conscious decision after the breakup with Darxus that I needed to cut out the unreliable and self-centered people in my life. While this seems like a no brainer, it took some time and was hard; some of those people were FUN when not causing extra stress or drama. I just can't imagine ever asking any of them to do this thing where reliability and not being the center of attention is so very important. Really, though, I'm mostly happy that it didn't have to be a conscious consideration at all when I picked who would be standing up with me on our wedding day :)

The Saga of the Heat Gun

So for our wedding invitations (which I'm making) I'm doing some rubber stamping with embossing. It was a way to include some design elements that are appearing other places but in a 2 dimensional way. I hadn't done any since I was 10 or so, and was originally thinking about using the stove or an incandescent light bulb to heat the embossing powder, but while reading up on the process (Internet to the rescue!) there were suggestions to use a heat gun. Heat guns are just a tool with a directional heating element, often shaped like a hairdryer, but more focused and with less air movement. When I went to Michaels to pick up an embossing ink pad and embossing powder, there was one in the stamping isle, specifically designed for crafting, for $25, so I decided to buy it.

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